Hull artist’s innovative designs to tackle vandalism recognised on world stage

A Hull artist who transformed the city’s streets with colourful and creative designs has been longlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2021.

Lydia Caprani was commissioned by Hull City Council to decorate signal cabs on Beverley Road in a bid to tackle graffiti and vandalism.

The commission was part of a trial which saw local artists redesign some of the city’s most targeted signal control boxes.

Lydia said: “I am honoured to have been longlisted for the World Illustration Awards, amongst some of the most exciting illustration talent around the world.

“The project was a fantastic opportunity to stay creative during lockdown and allowed me to expand my patterned based work into a new context. I couldn’t be happier that the decorative cabs have been recognised on the world stage.”

Lydia’s patterned designs were sourced directly from the historic Beverley Road area. Muted colour palettes were retained to stay sympathetic to the area and compliment their surroundings. Photo credit, Matt Molson.

Lydia’s patterned designs were sourced directly from the historic Beverley Road area. Muted colour palettes were retained to stay sympathetic to the area and compliment their surroundings.

The World Illustration Awards showcase the great work being made by illustrators all over the world.

In 2021, the awards will celebrate the resilience of illustrators and the industry, particularly during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Lydia’s work has been selected in the Design, Product & Packaging category. It is one of 500 projects longlisted from more than 5000 entries from all over the world.

The award winners will be announced in October.

Lydia Caprani’s colourful and engaging artwork can be seen all over the city.

Councillor Rosemary Pantelakis, portfolio holder for arts and culture at Hull City Council, said: “We are thrilled that the work of one of our talented Hull designers is being recognised in this way. Lydia Caprani’s beautiful and sympathetic designs have enhanced our urban environment and made points of interest from something as mundane as a traffic signal control box.

“Her work has also reduced vandalism and the need for maintenance, further enhancing and enriching the area. We look forward to rolling out the project to other sites as soon as possible, and look forward to more design-led collaborations with artists in the future.

“We wish Lydia all the best with the competition.”

You can find out more about the World Illustration Awards here.

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